The announcement by HBO of plans to do a TV series based on the Alan Moore comic “Watchmen” came as a surprise earlier this year, and raised the obvious question as to why? Despite its lasting impact, the comic was very distinct to both its time and format.
Zack Snyder’s film adaptation in 2009 was also fairly fresh in people’s memories and though falling flat at points, it was a fairly faithful adaptation bar the ending. Speaking with Mike Schur at Vulture Fest LA on Saturday, “Watchmen” showrunner Damon Lindelof has now discussed the main reason he wanted to pursue the property:
“Watchmen – it was dangerous, and you can’t be dangerous for dangerous’ sake, but the reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times, and we need dangerous shows. What we think about superheroes is wrong. I love the Marvel movies and we saw Justice League this morning and I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good.”
Lindelof also spoke about Moore who famously hates any attempt to adapt his work:
“The greatest writer in the history of comics, maybe one of the greatest writers of all time – and he most certainly doesn’t want us to be doing this and we’re trying to find a way to do it that honors him… That comic was written in the mid-80s. It is more timely now, in 2018, 2019, whenever the show airs, if it airs, that it needs to be told. For a superhero junkie, I’ve never done a superhero movie or a superhero TV show, and now is the time.'”
Lindelof has been working on the pilot episode for a little over a month, and it has yet to be revealed how closely to the comic his take will be.